Plant with long scaly stolons. Leaves many in a funnel-like rosette, to 30 cm long; sheaths broadly elliptic, dark brown; blades very narrowly triangular, to 15 mm wide, very densely grey scaled. Scape erect with lanceolate bracts. Inflorescence with few spreading branches, laxly flowered, 8-21 cm long, usually with sterile bracts at base; floral bracts 18-25 mm long, equalling the sepals, greenish-rose, hairless; flowers distichous, spreading; petals about 22 mm long, yellow; stamens protruding.
Similar species are V. corcovadensis and V. flammea but are not commonly encountered.
Source: (2005). Bromeliaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.